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Illya
Kvasha
UkraineUkraine, UKR
Diving

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 March 1988
Height
176 cm
Family
Wife Ilona, one daughter [born 2019]
Residence
Kiev, UKR
Languages
English, Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Physical Education, Sport Studies - Mykolayiv State University: Ukraine

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving at age eight in Mykolayiv, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
In 1996 a swimming pool was opened in Mykolayiv, Ukraine. He lived close by and decided to try diving. "In the beginning they didn't want to accept me into the group - I was tall, taller than other kids, and also maybe I was not in the best shape physically. My mother asked the trainers to give me one more chance."

International Debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Ukraine

General Interest

Hobbies
Cars, cycling, go-kart racing, books, billiards, music. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 3m synchronised springboard at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)
Hero / Idol
Russian diver Dmitri Sautin. (wumag.kiev.ua, 31 Mar 2008)
Injuries
In December 2017 he underwent surgery that meant he would be out of action for all of 2018. (xsport.ua, 05 Jun 2018; isport.ua, 13 Apr 2018)

He sustained a head injury during the 2011 Ukrainian Championships in Kiev. During one of his dives he hit the springboard with his head, lost consciousness and sank to the bottom of the pool. He was taken to hospital and required four stitches. He also had to work with a psychologist in order to reach the same level he had been performing at before the accident. (sport.lb.ua, 07 Mar 2013; niknews.mk.ua, 10 Jul 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you want to win the whole world, you should win yourself." (Facebook profile, 06 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2008 he was decorated with the Order for Courage of Ukraine. (zakon3.rada.gov.ua, 04 Sep 2008)

He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In April 2019 he retired from the sport due to health conditions. "The circumstances were such that I was physically unable to fulfil the load that was necessary to achieve high results, and no one gave guarantees. I underwent complicated surgery on my left kidney. The more I began training, the more I felt tired. Recovery was hard. The indicators were initially at a normal level, but the more I trained, the worse I felt." (xsport.ua, 25 Apr 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In September 2013 a Ukrainian television network launched a show in which he taught celebrities from the country the sport of diving. (niknews.mk.ua, 05 Aug 2013)

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